- 1 TBS flax seeds or flaxmeal, this replaces the egg and binds the ingredients
- 3 TBS water
- 2 TBS molasses
- 1/3 CUP sunflower (or other vegetable) oil
- 1/2 cup sugar (i use brown, you can use cane or date or maple sugar, try different ones)
- 1 CUP flour (i use Arrowhead Mills Sprouted Wheat, but any flour will do!)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- pinch of salt
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Friday, August 31, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
my kids like raw spinach leaves, a superfood, and the fresh berries compliment the chocolate, the pie is full of nutrients because nothing has been cooked out, just blend and freeze! this recipe is RAW and NUTRITIOUS and DECADENT! (below are my alterations due to things on hand versus not on hand!) see amy's complete recipe in the post below this one!
- i used 1 cup (equal thirds) walnuts, almonds and macadamia nuts for the crust
- my 'pudding' center is (in a blender) 3 avocados, 1 1/4cup + 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 1/4cup + 2 Tablespoons raw agave/maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder or 1-2 tsp. vanilla extract and almost 1 cup chocolate hazelnut milk
- i also used a springform pan for easy pie to plate transfer
- i didn't add chocolate chips, i knew it was going to be sweet enough!
Saturday, August 25, 2012
1 Cup Dates, pitted
1/3 cup Walnuts
1/3 cup cashews
1/3 cup almonds
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Pkg. Silken Lite Tofu
2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup maple syrup or agave
1/4 - 1/3 cup Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Chocolate Chips, chopped
Blend crust ingredients in food processor. Press crust into pie pan. Blend filling ingredients in blender. Slather a layer of peanut butter along bottom of crust. Drop a few chocolate chips on top of peanut butter if desired. Pour the mousse filling on top of the peanut butter. Top with chopped Chocolate chips or mini choclate chips. Freeze then serve.
Happy Birthday to a woman who has given me life and direction. She has taught me how to smile, has reminded me more than once "the best is yet to come", and I am pretty sure I inherited her love of chocolate. I love you mom!
Friday, August 24, 2012
i have heard this quote many times before, but was reminded of it recently and it resonated with me more than it ever had. in the last few days of conversations i have let it guide my contributions. listening to the words of others, i am catching myself before i "chime in" where it is not life-giving or honoring of people. i try to remain quiet when it is another who is "stuck" in talking about others, and sometimes my silence is and will be perceived as agreement, which is ok, because i am not concerned with what people think i think. if people walk away from me with the thought that i have agreed when i actually said nothing at all, then that is where they are and that is where they are supposed to be, it is only my responsibility to be true to myself, not to move others to new or different places. there are still topics that get me emotional enough that i walk down that small-minded, thoughtless road of talking about others, i am being disciplined to catch myself, to make new habits to replace old ones. any new habit i create will never include my being "average," so that leaves out talking about things. i want to be brilliant, i want to shine, i want to inspire and to delight, got any good ideas?
Thursday, August 23, 2012
i wasn't sure about this combination! normally, i'd rather eat a slice of pie a la mode than have it blended together like a challenge on SURVIVOR! your taste buds will be shocked and delighted, I KNOW IT! this is an unbelievable treat you'll never have expected!
- 1 pint COCONUT BLISS or SO DELICIOUS vanilla non-dairy dessert (in the freezer section with the healthier "ice cream" options)
- 1 large apple, cored and cut in chunks
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla powder (easy to find at the health food store, but you can add a tsp. of vanila, or scrape the seeds out of a vanilla bean if you're adventurous and have tons of time!)
- pinch of nutmeg (i add 2 pinches!)
- 1 cup of your favorite milk OR if you want to get UBER-healthy about it, 1 cup of REJUVELAC for colon health, easily made at home or purchased, recipe follows...
- 1 cup wheat berries, rye berries or quinoa (or a combination of any)
- 1 quart water for soaking
- 8-10 cups water
soak the grains for 1 day in 1 quart of water
drain water, pour berries into fine mesh strainer (over a bowl)
rinse berries in cool water up to 7 times a day for up to 3 days until they sprout
put sprouted berries in gallon container, add 8-10 cups water
cover with cheesecloth or gauze, but no lid
let sit 1-3 days, slight foam will develop on top
strain through cheesecloth
lasts 2-3 weeks in glass jars in fridge
1/2 apple cubed
1/2 pear cubed
1/4-1/2 cup hazelnuts or pecans or walnuts or almonds, your favorite nut!
3 cups milk, like hazelnut, almond, hemp, rice or coconut (plain or vanilla)
1 1/2 cups oats, they can be quick cooking or not, or steel cut
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons flax seeds or flaxmeal
heat coconut oil in medium saucepan
add chopped fruit, saute 5-7 minutes
add nuts, saute another 2-3 minutes
add 1 1/2 cups of oats, 3 cups milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, flax seeds or meal, and honey
cook on medium to low heat, stirring occasionally, until oatmeal reaches desired thickness
spoon into bowls, makes about 4 servings depending on your eaters, we add a little EARTH BALANCE coconut spread, a little extra hazelnut milk, and a drizzle of the BEST maple syrup, COOMB'S ORGANIC...enjoy!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Macaroni and Not Cheese:
1 cup cashews
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 1/3 cups water
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
4 ounce jar red roasted peppers, drained
3 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
16 oz. whole grain elbow pasta, cooked
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Saute onion on medium heat in a non stick skillet for 5 minutes, until translucent. In a food processor or blender, combine the onion, cashews, lemon juice, water, and salt. Gradually blend in the red peppers, nutritional yeast, garlic salt, onion powder. Thoroughly toss the sauce with the pasta. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
- favorite fruit or juice (raspberries or a lemon/lime/orange combo or some chunks of mango and pineapple) you can put the fruit in whole or juice the fruit first
- add a squirt of agave to eliminate tartness
- coconut water or just plain ol' water
- loads of ice, i like enough to make it really thick so i can eat it with a spoon, but you can add less and make it more slushy to drink with a straw
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
- 1 apple, cored and diced
- 1 celery stalk, diced...i use 2
- 4 red radishes, diced
- 1⁄4 cup dried cranberries
- 1⁄4 cup pecan pieces
- 2 dates or figs, no pit! if you don't have dates or figs use a tablespoon of agave or maple syrup
- 2-4 tablespoons flaxseed oil...we use UDO's CHOICE and i use 1/4 cup
- 1-3 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, i use 3
- 1⁄2 teaspoon curry powder...i use 1 full teaspoon, i love curry!
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Last night after the kiddos were in bed, Brad and I watched an inspirational and informative video. It was thought provoking and we have continued the dialog this morning. Dr. Michael Greger, from nutritionfacts.org is one man who I have gained so much knowledge from. He is a doctor, who as he puts it, reads every available medical journal about nutrition so we don't have to. By the way, have you ever read one of these journals? Lots of medical terms and scientific mumbo-jumbo that well, you might as well put a paper written in Chinese in front of me. I have a thirst for knowledge but will be the first to admit I am not an intellect. Anyway, Dr. Greger has a 2-3 minute video each day that highlights a topic. I just felt like I HAD to share this recent one. This video is approx. 56 minutes (which is not the norm for this site). It is worth each and every minute. Today, I plan on having my kids watch it. Yes, some of the info may go over their heads. But I refuse to dumb down information that they can have to be better individuals. I want to be sure and give them information that helps them make better choices as they grow up. They are in charge of their own bodies after all. Dr. Greger is funny. I wasn't sure what the video would be like because the title of it is, "Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death." Most of us know people who have heart disease, diabetes, or cancer. He includes these topics among several others. The new research out there is crazy cool. Please, take time to be informed. Share it. Live it. And by all means go eat some Kale.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
1 24-32 oz. non-dairy yogurt (I go for vanilla flavored and whatever is on sale)
2-3 cups frozen fruit (any variety will do, whatever floats your boat)
Agave nectar or maple syrup to sweeten (add a few Tbsp. at a time as not to over sweeten)
Blend in a high powered blender. If it is too liquidy add more frozen fruit. If it is too thick add some water or non-dairy milk such as coconut, soy, or almond milk.
We have been known to have this for dinner. Like tonight, okay nobody judge me! :) You know you want some too.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
This is what is left from our Fabulous Vegan Creamy Tomato Soup. It doesn't last long and is super easy to make. I will include the recipe below. But before I do, I wanted to chat about the topic of friendship. Friendship is very important to the health of our bodies. I am not talking about the 2,000 "friends" one claims to have on Facebook but real authentic friendships. I do not have a lot of these types of friends but the few I have are rich and deep and may I say therapeutic. The kind of friend that will tell you about the broccoli in your teeth, your innate need to seek approval from others that don't really matter, or laugh at your quirky sense of humor. These authentic relationships take time, investment, and trust. Sometimes we don't have much of one or any of them at all. But the need for us to connect in an authentic way is still there. So, thank you to all those I call friends for investing your time and trust into me, even when the broccoli in my teeth is obnoxious.
Fabulous Vegan Creamy Tomato Soup
32 oz. water or vegetable broth
1 onion, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 medium sweet potatoes or yams, chopped
1-2 handfuls of cashews
sea salt to taste
Place tomatoes and water in a pan and bring to a boil, add onion, potatoes, and garlic. Once it boils, turn it down and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until potatoes are soft. Place soup in blender (Vita-Mix works wonders) and add cashews. Blend and salt as needed. Serve with fresh chopped Basil.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Creepy? No, green is the new sexy! This is the love of my life and he loves him a green smoothie. The other day I had to snap this photo because we had just made green smoothies and we heard a knock at the door. After visiting with a buddy Brad rejoined us and I asked him, "Did you scare any young children? Have you seen your pearly greens?" When he caught a glimpse of himself in the mirror I think we laughed until we cried (or peed our pants) whichever comes first these days.
Green smoothies are a great way to get your greens when you are on the go. I am a big promoter of chewing your greens but this is another alternative. My kids will ask me for one and it makes my heart do a pitter patter when I see a green mustache on their sweet lips. Instead of "Got milk?", I want to scream from the roof tops, "Got Greens?"
Let me tell you the basics I put in my green smoothies:
Green Smoothie Basics:
2 cups of water or unsweetened almond milk ( I prefer vanilla) or a combination of both
1+ cups frozen fruit ( my kiddos love blueberries because they mask the green color)
Greens (spinach is a fav), fill the rest of the blender with them
You will not taste the spinach, I promise. If you doubt me, just start out with a little less greens and work your way up. Add extra liquid or more frozen fruit if the consistency needs to be tweaked to your satisfaction.
1 scoop protein powder (Vega Vanilla is one of my favorites)
1 tsp ground Amla Powder (from the Indian Gooseberry - Indian stores carry it, it is cheap, and it is off the charts high in antioxidants - give it try. For more fascinating information about Amla click here)
1 Tbsp Ground Flax Seeds (high in omega 3s, lignans, and fiber)
1 tsp Cinnamon (helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and helps our metabolism, also high in antioxidants)
a little squirt of agave nectar to sweeten the deal (especially for the kiddos)
I blend until my heart is happy...it doesn't take long!